News archive - May 2012

31 May 2012
Screening timelines updated

Both the Antenatal and Newborn Screening Timeline and the NHS Screening Timeline have had minor updates to reflect the new name of the NHS Diabetic Eye Screening Programme.

28 May 2012
BMJ Learning module on antenatal and newborn screening already a great success

The BMJ Learning module on "Antenatal and Newborn Screening" - developed in association with the UK National Screening Committee - went live in February and already over 600 GPs have completed this module already and feedback is very positive.

Particularly relevant for GPs this module will help you:

  • Understand the principles of screening and how they are applied in practice
  • Know what NHS antenatal and newborn screening programmes are available
  • Know where to find reliable information about screening
  • Be able to advise patients about the timing of screening tests
  • Feel confident to handle positive or missing screening results

BMJ Learning offers high-quality continuing medical education for doctors and other healthcare professionals. It features hundreds of accredited, peer-reviewed learning modules in text, video, and audio formats.

» Access the new module on the BMJ website

25 May 2012
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24 May 2012
Recommendations on screening for Asymptomatic bacteriuria, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, Cytomegalovirus and Rubella susceptibility

At its meeting on 25 April 2012, the UK National Screening Committee recommended against introducing population-based screening programmes for the following conditions:

The UK NSC also agreed that screening for rubella susceptibility does not meet the  criteria for a screening programme but that the present arrangements for antenatal screening and newborn immunisation should continue until other arrangements are in place.

These policies will be reviewed again in 3 years, or earlier if significant new evidence emerges before then.

24 May 2012
Draft minutes for the UK NSC meeting on 25 April

The draft minutes for the UK NSC meeting on 25 April have now been published. You can also read the press release.

The minutes from the previous meeting, on 17 November 2011, have also now been agreed.

22 May 2012
New consultation for Fetomaternal Alloimmune Thrombocytopenia (FMAIT)

The UK National Screening Committee has started a consultation on the evidence review for screening for Fetomaternal Alloimmune Thrombocytopenia (FMAIT)

The consultation runs until 22nd August 2012. Submissions are invited from all interested parties.

22 May 2012
See us at Primary Care 2012

The UK National Screening Committee and NHS Screening Programmes will be at the Primary Care 2012 conference at the NEC again this year from 23-24 May.

Come and meet us on stand D104, take away updates on all the screening programmes, ask us any questions you have and test your screening knowledge on our annual quiz.

We look forward to seeing many of you there!

10 May 2012
New consultation on cervical screening

The UK National Screening Committee has started a consultation on the age of first invitation for cervical screening and the frequency of invitation for women aged between 50-64 years.

The consultation runs until 9 August 2012. Submissions are invited from all interested parties.

7 May 2012
New consultations for Canavan's disease, Familial dysautonomia and Tay Sachs disease

The UK National Screening Committee has started consultations on the evidence reviews for screening for Canavan's disease, Familial dysautonomia and Tay Sachs disease.

The consultations run until 3 August 2012. Submissions are invited from all interested parties.

1 May 2012
Screening Matters Issue 7

The new issue (Mar-Apr 2012) of the UK NSC's Screening Matters newsletter is now available online, with the latest screening policy information, as well as updates on the English national screening programmes and cross-programme work.

Screening Matters has now been going for over a year and to find out what people think of it, we are running a short survey (which should only take a minute to fill in). The link to the survey is available in the welcome section of the newsletter. Many thanks to everyone taking the time to provide feedback.